Beat Description

Dalguise Beat Map - click to enlarge

Dalguise Beat Map – click to enlarge

Ariel Photo

Ariel Photo

The Dalguise beat is situated about 2 miles downstream of the confluence of the Rivers Tay and Tummel and extends to approximately 1.25 miles of double bank Middle Tay fishing

The beat catches have been showing a steady and encouraging improvement in recent seasons with the 2013 tally reaching 137 salmon. The annual catch produces a 5 year average of some 103 Salmon, with a good spread of fishing by month and pool.

The beat is set amongst spectacular scenery and boasts a wide array of both plant and wildlife on its riverbanks, which include Kingfishers and Otters seen on a daily basis, and Ospreys fishing on the river.

There is excellent bank side access to all pools and guests often comment on how well maintained Dalguise is.

The Fishings were originally owned by the Tempest family and were let on a seasonal basis during the Victorian era, often to the Potter family. This is the fishing beat said to have inspired children’s author Beatrix Potter to write The Tale of Jeremy Fisher and Mrs Tiggywinkle. The Peter Rabbit creator spent her summer holidays in the area, where she developed her love of nature as a youngster, spending many hours down at the river bank.

The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher

The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher

Beatrix Potter

There is also an excellent and extremely comfortable fishing lodge overlooking the middle of the beat where tenants can rest, dram in hand and congratulate each other on the days catch.

Dalguise provides excellent but reasonably priced salmon fishing for a maximum of seven bank rods with the option, at no additional cost, of using the boat for the purposes of ‘harling’ should the water conditions dictate (mainly early or late season and at the sole discretion of the Ghillie). The whole beat is easily fished either from bank or wading. “Dalguise is one of those most attractive beats on the middle Tay offering a wide variety of fishing. Its catches have been remarkably consistent”

Dalguise has nine major named pools several of which can only be described as a fly fishers dream. Within most of these major pools there are distinctly different and separate ‘bits’ resulting in a pool count closer to fifteen. The beat can fish well in all heights of water and, dependant on the time of year, water height and temperature, The Ghillie will advise on the most likely pools, ‘taking places’ and tactics. Please note that the services of the Ghillie are to be shared amongst the party but if a guest/s require the services of an additional Ghillie this can be arranged at a reasonable daily rate.

Although the Tay open season dates are 15th January to 15th October it has been established that fresh fish enter the Tay system on a daily basis 365 days per year. Therefore there is always a chance that you might ‘connect’ with afresh run fish anytime from the opening to the last day of the season. As a general rule, the spring run enters the river during March with ‘genuine springers’ continuing to be caught until late May in a normal season. Prior to this January and February can be sporadic with any fresh fish caught (usually heavy fish) more likely to be termed the ‘winter run’.

June normally heralds the arrival of the Grilse run, although heavy clean ‘summer fish’ can often provide an unexpected bonus during June and into July. The Grilse run tends to build during June and peaks during July and August when excellent sport can be had with both salmon and sea trout on the “flea” rod. The first rains of September will see the start of the prolific autumn, or “back end” runs for which the Tay is famous.

Dalguise will be available on daily or weekly lets for up to six rods with weekly lets being given priority. Salmon fishing, six rods with boat and Ghillie from £26 per rod day.

This is an excellent opportunity to obtain a tenancy on this steadily improving and attractive beat on one of the world’s great salmon rivers.

Hotel and country house accommodation can also be arranged.